Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A very bad day

Sad Rain Pictures, Images and Photos

I had a bad day yesterday. Really. I thought I would share it. It was THAT bad. I want to tell you that there is not one untruth or exaggerated circumstance. This is a shut up! kind of post.

I woke up and realized I left my daughters camp stuff outside and it was all wet and she had to use another backpack. The horror. The coffee maker coughed and sputtered and took twenty minutes to spit out yucky sludge that my milk curdled in anyway.

I got to work for back to back meetings. The first one (the one I prepared diligently for) was canceled because it turned out that the higher ups already decided against my plans and went ahead with new ones. Without letting me know. The second one was on the main campus and I forgot my umbrella so I got wet walking into the office, which I usually wouldn't mind, but I had new shoes on and they got soaked and then proceeded to shrink which left me with terrible blisters that popped and reopened for the rest of the day. I was ambushed in that meeting by a co worker who needed to vent out some frustrations... all having to do with me. Fun.

Then walking back to my car, my boss #1 yelled for me to come back and help her get some brochures from the admissions department. I can't explain how wet I was at the time. Drenched. Dripping wet. The shoes expanded.

In the admissions department I was supposed to do some gathering of information, not secretive or anything, but when I asked for brochures the secretaries thought I was a graduate student and started laying on all of the selling point stuff and rather than correct them I just nodded until one of them noticed my shirt, wet, but with the logo of the college I work for at the university stitched on the pocket. "Oh, you work here..." I skulked out of the office with no information.

Back in my own building, off campus, I noticed my shirt was completely see through and pasted to my chest. Hysterical, right? I ran up the stairs hoping not to run into anyone, but my boss #2 was at the top and I just said "Don't ask..." and she said "They invented umbrellas a long time ago."

Safe at my desk I took off my shoes and put them against a space heater and tried to dry off. I then checked my blog and noticed that my post from yesterday sounded more than a little obnoxious and I didn't mean it to, but it was too late to change it because there were already comments. Then I noticed I was down a follower... and wondered why? And then I thought maybe I don't comment on blogs enough and I got sad because I REALLY want to! AND THEN, boss # 2 came right in through my closed doors to see my bare feet on the desk and introduced me to a new member of our team. She said, "Suzanne Meet Steve," and I held out my hand, embarrassed by my unkempt, unprofessional look and promptly said "Nice to have you aboard, Simon." Boss # 2 said "clean the wax out of your ears." Yessirreee bob.

I was late picking my daughter up at camp and the rain came down so hard the highways were backed up and a fifteen minute commute took an hour.

I didn't hear back from the agent who has the exclusive but did receive another request for a full manuscript which I can't send out because it would be ethically wrong. Lovely.

My shoes were making my heels bleed so I took them off and when I got out of the car at home stepped ankle deep into a puddle.

It was at this point I began to laugh. I left my shoes in the car and got my kid inside. But not me. I stayed outside for a bit. In the rain. In my driveway, laughing.

Tomorrow I think I will do that bloggy thing about the 10 honest things...

33 comments:

  1. Wow. Sending hugs and happy thoughts your way. Hope today's better. :)

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  2. Thanks Abby! SO far, so good. Wore crocks to work. Keeping a low profile. Running reports between finishing WIP. Got to write, right?

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  3. I *so* want to make you a margarita right now...or if you don't drink, some frilly, sugary fruity concoction. Dang...there's really no where to go but up now, is there?

    Here's wishing you a *much* better day today!

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  4. I meant to add - don't lose this! It will make great story fodder someday...

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  5. Thanks Jamie, I fully meant to drink when I got home, but a hot shower and hugs from the girls did the trick. Plus, my yankee loving husband had a boyish grin on that makes me smile inside.

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  6. Oh my dear goodness. What a very bad day! Hope it's all better now. Kudos to you for laughing!

    Love your blog. Glad you came by and enjoyed the Stanbrough interview. I'm following ya now, and adding you to my Rockin' Blogs list.

    Now, you get out there and do something nice for YOU...and I'm sending up good thoughts/vibes/prayers/mojo to that agent!!

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  7. Holy Rough Day, Suzanne! I'm so sorry. And what is that agent thinking? I hope you hear news on that soon.

    And I hate to say it, but when it rains it pours! ROTFL! I've had weeks like that. Months, even. I feel your pain.

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  8. Yikes!! Here's hoping today is better. Not sure it helps you but this one certainly made me laugh. I love your way with words and the pictures you paint with them.

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  9. Hope things are going better for you today.

    If it helps, I thought I was following, then I wondered why you hadn't been posting, and realized I either was never following, or had possibly unfollowed (frankly, I had no idea before today that one would do such a thing!), so you're back up one today!!

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  10. Elana: NO JOKE. I. can't. Breathe.
    Nicole: GOOD. I was hoping someone else saw the horrible humor!
    TereLiz: No worries! I think I have been a remiss and selfish blogger. I really enjoy the blogs I read and I should say so. Glad to see you.

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  11. Oh, don't you just love those kind of days! NOT! But it's great that you could find the humor in the situation and laugh instead of cry! If you look at the good side, you probably can't have too many other days quite as bad. So, whew, the worst is over! :)

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  12. Yikes, you really were not kidding when you used the word bad! Is it a little wrong that some of your badness made me laugh--you just wrote it so well!
    ~ Wendy

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  13. Jody: I was thinking just THAT very thing as I went to bed.

    Wendy: I am glad. I wanted people to laugh. What else do we have?

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  14. Ouch. Sorry. Hope today's a better day!

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  15. Linked here from Jody's site. I read your comment and thought it was creative and funny. And I wasn't disappointed with my visit to your blog and this post! I know it wasn't funny when it was happening, but is sure is humorous to read now. Thanks for the light-hearted reading. wb

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  16. It sounds like you had an awful day. I agree with Jody - kudos for finding the humor in the situation! As for the person that unfollowed you, I hope it's not *all* bad since you've also just gone up one follower! :)

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  17. Two things: "Nice to have you aboard, Simon"...now that made me laugh out loud. Sorry, is that rude? Don't want to laugh at a friend's day, but that was classic. Still laughing.

    Second, is the first full an exclusive? I mean, did the agent say "May I have an exclusive" and you said "Yes". If not, then there is NO REASON you can't send that other full out. On this point, I am absolutely certain. I had a handful of fulls out at the same time. If it is an exclusive, is there a time limit (one week, etc)?? If not, there should be. You can e mail that first and say, "I know you requested an exclusive, but other interest has been expressed and I was wondering what your time frame on said exclusive is". It'd get him/her moving and is totally kosher.

    Hope that helps a bit...sorry for the ick day!

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  18. T Anne: All this rain, and you on the beach ;)

    WB: So nice! Thanks for stopping by.

    Tess: 1. It's not rude! I wanted people to laugh.

    2. The agent has it until Friday. A true exclusive. I emailed her last week and asked for an ETA because I was sitting on one (now two) more requests. So I have to wait a few days. But thanks for the encouragement. I keep hoping I won't have to send any more out! XO

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  19. And Sarah!

    Welcome! I truly enjoyed your blog!

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  20. I know this was not what you intended, but your post suddenly transformed my somewhat dreary but ordinary day into a simply wonderful day. After all I am at home and there is no rain, wet through shirt or soaking shoes about. I do however have a toddler and an out of sorts chihuahua. Does that count?
    Gosh, I hope your day today is better. It is Thurday lunch time where I live. Does it help to know that Thursday looks good so far?? :)

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  21. Ok, this post is awesome. The next time I feel like I'm having a craptastic day, I'm coming back and reading it. It's a masterpiece of crap and I mean that in the nicest way possible.

    Also, VERY exciting about all of the requests! Can't wait to see what happens next.

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  22. Danyelle: XO!

    Tabitha: It is EXACTLY what I intended! SO glad!


    Lisa and Laura: Welcome! AND, I get to go to bed laughing now. Craptastic. Fantastic!

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  23. I'm so sorry for the rotten day. I hope you're feeling better soon. Just so you know, I didn't think your previous post was obnoxious at all. *hugs*

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  24. LT: A big hug right back. How goes the writing?

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  25. The coffee maker portents must always be heeded. Hope today was a better day ....

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  26. I hope you gave yourself an aromatic candlelit bath or some treat last night- half gallon of hagen daas perhaps - you dserve it !!

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  27. David: You are so right. I knew it from the sludge.

    Sandy: Ahhh that would have been nice, but what REALLY happened is that my potty training three year old saw me at the kitchen door and wet her pants, it took an hour to calm her down. :)

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  28. Oh dear, one of those sorts of days which convinces you that someone somewhere has decided to make your day as difficult as possible! I totally understand your follower anxiety, I don't get enough chance to visit mine much and I just hope they are patient enough to stick around!

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  29. sometimes laughter is the best medicine. and tomorrow is a new day...

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  30. This post broke my heart, but made me smile in the end. You have a good attitude, especially for writing this and sharing it publicly. I have bad days too. Today has kind of been one of them, but it's nice to know that when the day is so bad we are laughing at the end, that there are others out there to comfort us. See all the friends here! Here's to hoping your days have gotten better after this. *HUGS*

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  31. Pinkerbell: Now you have one more to worry about! :) JK

    Brian: or a new coffee maker?

    Lady G: Thanks for the HUG!

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